Baseball Swept By Binghamton
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany baseball team (11-17, 3-9 AE) finally was able to play a true home game when they hosted Binghamton (16-7, 6-2 AE) for the first game of their fourth America East series this season. After losing yesterday’s game, UAlbany was swept by the Bearcats for the series after falling in both of Saturday’s tightly-contested games.
In the first game, UAlbany struck first with one run in the bottom of the second after a scoreless first inning. Kevin Donati led off the inning with a double to left. Two batters later, Travis Collins reached safely on an error by Binghamton’s pitcher, which allowed Donati to advance to third. In the next at-bat, Alex Thul hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Donati.
The third inning passed without a score, before Binghamton got on the board with three runs of their own in the top of the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. UAlbany responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at three. Donati led off with a single, and Matt Hinchy reached first safely in the next at-bat on an error by the Bearcats’ right fielder. Kyle Sacks successfully laid down a sacrifice bunt, advancing both Donati and Hinchy one base. Travis Collins next hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Donati. Finally, after Thul earned a walk, Marc Wangenstein hit a single to right, scoring Hinchy.
The next three innings went by without a score from either team before Binghamton broke the deadlock in the top of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead which would ultimately prove to be the final score.
Donati led UAlbany with three hits and two runs, and three Great Danes, Collins, Thul, and Wangenstein, recorded one RBI. UAlbany starter Jack McClure lasted 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and one walk. In relief, Dominic Savino (1-2) pitched the final 3.0 innings, allowing one run on three hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Binghamton scored four runs on 10 hits with two errors. UAlbany scored three runs on six hits, committing no errors.
UAlbany was shut out in the second game, 3-0. Neither team scored through the first six innings, but Binghamton manufactured three runs in the top of the seventh to win the game and earn the series sweep.
The Great Danes recorded three hits and one error in the second game. Binghamton scored three runs on eight hits with no errors. UAlbany starter Kenny McLean (2-4) lasted 5.1 innings, allowing five hits with three strikeouts and four walks. David Hutchison pitched 0.2 innings in relief, allowing one run on one hit. Savino came back to pitch the final inning of the game, allowing two runs on two hits with one walk.
“It was a disappointing weekend for the guys,” said head coach Jon Mueller. “I thought our pitching was great and our defense was solid, but our offense wasn’t able to pressure them.”
UAlbany returns to the road for a game at Army on Tuesday, and will play a doubleheader at Marist on Saturday before hosting Marist next Sunday.